PCAAC Homepage

Welcome to the homepage of PCAACs (Praana Charitable Allergy Asthma Clinic).  

Introduction:   PRAANA is a Sanskrit word and it means 'BREATHE FOR LIFE'.  Hence this is a 'BREATHING CLINIC' and it is a charitable/subsidized undertaking of International Asthma Services (IAS)  (www.globalchestinitiatives.org), a 501 c-3 registered charity in the state of Colorado, U S A.  The founder and architect of Praana Charitable Allergy Asthma Clincs (PCAACs) is Dr Pudupakkam K Vedanthan (PK), a Board certified Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAI) specialist settled in Fort Collins, Colorado USA.  

History: Dr PK has been formulating the  concept of a PCAAC for several decades. The main hurdle was the lack of basic infrastructure and qualified specialists in the field of allergy and asthma.  This issue has been addressed successfully in the past 15 years with the advent of training programs and post graduate diploma courses at Christian Medical College, Vellore and more recently at Sir Gangaram Hospital and Research Center, Delhi.

Inspite of these advancements, Dr PK was noting the paucity of adequate care among the socioeconomically disadvantaged populations in several parts of India and beyond. Hence the model of PCAAC came into practice for the FIRST time in 2017 under the leadership of Dr Savitha Ramaraj, Professor of Pediatrics  at Mysore Medical College and Research Center (MMCRI), Mysore the almamater of Dr PK and his other family members including his father. 

Due to the success and popularity of the PCAAC at MMCRI, the second clinic was inaugurated at Jodhpur, Rajasthan under the leadership of Dr Dan Purushottham.  Recently with the advent of the Covid Pandemic there has been huge disruptions in people's livelihood, the health infrastructure as well as the overall economy of the countries across the globe, India being no exception.

Due to this change of the healthcare scenario especially in his homeland of India, Dr PK decided to expand the Praana concept.  He approached around fifty alumni of different AAI training programs in India.  The response was overwhelming and very soon around 30 physicians across various parts of India as well as Nepal and far reaching places like Barbados in the Caribbeans took up the cause of establishing a Praana Clinic at their local medical practices.

Hence the PCAAC movement, born in 2017, has matured over the past four years and now has mushroomed across India and beyond.

Who Supports PCAAC? 1. The participating physicians and their staff;  2. Local communities; 3. International Asthma Services (IAS) Colorado, USA;  4. Colorado Allergy Asthma Society USA;  5. Vedantha Charities (R) Bangalore & Mysore, India;  5. Pharma companies: Allcure, Delhi. Clinimed Allergy Solutions, Bangalore.

Our Vision:  To establish 100 PCAACs throughout India and beyond by 2025.

Click on a specific physician for more information about that clinic. Volunteer physicians and their assistants can submit academic comments and questions here.

  1. Dr. Ankit Singhal, Delhi, Delhi, India
  2. Dr. B. Antony Benedict, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  3. Dr. B. Antony Terrance, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  4. Dr. B.V. Balachandra, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  5. Dr. Chandra Joseph, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
  6. Dr. Chandan Baranwal, Lalitpur, Nepal
  7. Dr. Dan Purushottham, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
  8. Dr. Danish Qureshi, Delhi, Delhi, India
  9. Dr. Dhiraj Gupta, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
  10. Dr. Gayatri Pandit, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  11. Dr. Ghulam Hassan, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
  12. Dr. Kandamaran Krishnamurthy, Barbados, Barbados, West Indies
  13. Dr. Khuzema Furniturewala, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India
  14. Dr. Mahesh K. Gautam, Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Nepal
  15. Dr. Manpreet Singh Nanda, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India
  16. Dr. Mukesh Gupta, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  17. Dr. Narmada Ashok, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  18. Dr. Nayan Deka, Guwahati, Assam, India
  19. Dr. Neeraj Gupta, Delhi, Delhi, India
  20. Dr. P. Lakshmi, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  21. Dr. Parin Parmar, Rajkot, Gujarat, India
  22. Dr. Pradeep Sivaraj, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  23. Dr. Rama Rajyam, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
  24. Dr. Saibal Moitra, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  25. Dr. Sanjay Pawar, Karad, Maharashtra, India
  26. Dr. Savitha Ramaraj, Mysore, Karnataka, India
  27. Dr. Shilpa Nayak, Andheri, Mumbai, India
  28. Dr. Sonia Bhatt, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
  29. Dr. Sowmya Nagarajan, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  30. Dr. Sunita Shukla, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  31. Dr. Taha Ashraf Qureshi, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
  32. Dr. Vyakarnam Nageshwar, Hyderabad, Telengana, India
  33. Dr. Zareen Mohamed, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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